Preserving Worlds is an indie TV documentary about the preservation of classic MMORPGs

So here’s something funny we just found out about thanks to a kind tweet: Preserving Worlds is a 2021 indie TV show on Means TV, which acts as a documentary about MMORPGs and in particular the preservation of “beloved aging virtual worlds”.

“Virtual worlds are delicate things and can hardly disappear without a trace. In capitalism, preservation is often the last priority,” say the showrunners. “But even if you manage to archive the offline software, a dead world can only tell you limited. Equally important is documenting how people spent their time there. With this series, filmmakers Derek Murphy and Mitchell Zemil offer an entertaining look into these worlds and create historical records that may one day come in handy. […] Join us as we explore outdated chat environments, appreciate player-made art, and meet people fighting against obsolescence to keep the communities they care about alive and accessible.”

The first season, which is free to stream, contained six full episodes covering games from myst online To Second Life. The documentary is actually in its second season and has so far included RPG Maker and Meridian 59. So here we go – some MMO fun watching!


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